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We Got to Try Out Kritika Online at PAX, and It was Awesome!

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We published an article a few weeks back on the upcoming MMO from En Masse titled Kritika Online. I was really excited this weekend when I arrived at PAX and a demo for the game was set up to allow attendees to get a taste of the action-packed adventure.

Together with two other teammates, I played through a short little instance designed to show off the fighting style and gameplay. I took up the sword of the Berserker, and my teammates played a caster and some sort of cat girl rogue – the addition of which is not surprising considering En Masse’s track record!

The three of us put on headsets and an employee from En Masse gave us a quick overview of what we could expect from the instance. He explained that Kritika Online is an MMO with strong RPG aspects and a action-oriented fighting combat style. The game will feature “hubs” where players can meet up and interact, but the majority of the adventuring will take place in short instanced bursts. En Masse wanted to make sure you can pick up and play Kritika no matter how limited your time might be.

I’m unclear as to whether the demo we were playing is actually an instance in the game or if it was designed specifically to show off the game’s features, but true to the game design philosophy the entire run probably took about 10 minutes total.

I’m not sure how my teammates classes played, but Berserker was an absolute blast. A stereotypical warrior class, Berserker builds and expends rage in order to deal damage. Like many fighting games, abilities link together to form combos, but I didn’t have enough time to really sink my teeth into the system so I was mostly button mashing (which was still fun!) Each class also has an ultimate ability the employee described as “Similar to your ‘R’ in League”. That is, it’s a powerful skill on a long cooldown.

The instance was similar to what you’d expect from an MMO, honestly. A few rooms of trash packs followed by a boss with a couple of mechanics. Rinse and repeat. I’m hopeful that the enemies we were fighting are no indication of the difficulty content poses later on in the game, as the few mechanics bosses featured were pretty easily ignored in favor of a full zerg strategy.

Combat was fluid, flashy, and enjoyable. I had a lot of fun and I had no idea what I’m doing. I’m sure it will be even more enjoyable when you have time to figure out what abilities chain together.

Kritika launches a closed beta in May, and if you have any friends that went to PAX and tried the game they should have a total of 5 closed beta invites to hand out. There’s no current release date for when we can expect to see Kritika, but we’ll be sure to update you when we learn more.

As Editor here at GeekReply, I'm a big fan of all things Geeky. Most of my contributions to the site are technology related, but I'm also a big fan of video games. My genres of choice include RPGs, MMOs, Grand Strategy, and Simulation. If I'm not chasing after the latest gear on my MMO of choice, I'm here at GeekReply reporting on the latest in Geek culture.

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Star Wars Outlaws has Ubisoft’s biggest marketing budget ever, and the company expects it to have a strong launch

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Ubisoft is putting everything they have into Star Wars Outlaws, which comes out next month on August 30th for PS5. The fact that the name includes “Star Wars” shouldn’t come as a surprise when you learn that the company is putting a lot of money into marketing the project and thinks it will do very well.

The CEO of Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot, made the bold claim during the company’s recent earnings call Q&A (thanks, MP1st), though some investors thought it was even more daring than they thought. Based on Ubisoft’s guidance, Nick Dempsey of Barclays came up with a rough estimate of five million units sold and asked if the company was being too cautious. This is what Guillemot said:

“What we expect is for Star Wars Outlaws to have a strong launch.” One reason is that it’s one of the most anticipated games of the year, which shows how positively the community feels about it. Another is that we’re launching the biggest marketing campaign Ubisoft has ever done for a game.

We’d like to know how much Ubisoft spent to market this and what the company expects to get back from it. We had some small worries when we played the game in person at Summer Game Fest, but we’ll keep an eye on things before and after launch.

Are you excited about how soon Star Wars Outlaws will be out? Do you think the game’s supposedly huge marketing budget has an impact on your life? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Amazon’s great Fallout TV show is nominated for 16 Emmys

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Critics and fans alike went crazy for Amazon’s take on the famous role-playing game series Fallout. There were a lot of nominations for 16 Emmy awards, including Best Actor and Outstanding Drama Series. The show was able to reach audiences outside of gamers and got a lot of attention from the industry.

Eurogamer has been keeping track, and now that all the votes are in, Fallout is tied for fifth place with 23 nominations for the 76th Emmy Awards, which are put on by the US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. With 25, The Bear has the most nominations, followed by True Detective: Night Country with 23, and Shogun with 19.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Walton Goggins is up for Best Actor for his performance as The Ghoul. Although games will always be our first choice, it’s great that adaptations of games don’t have to be awful, and we can’t wait for the next season of the shows.

Are you surprised by how well Amazon’s version of Fallout has done in the mainstream? Is the curse of movies based on video games finally over? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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